Being a Difficult Woman: Defining your Difficult & Challenging Labels


14:00 – 16:30 GMT

Whilst from your own homes – come and join the talented women of Breathing Fire Playback Theatre!

Playback Theatre is a unique form of interactive theatre enabling audiences to tell their stories; a safe way of exploring internal thought processes and using the arts to express and communicate.

In this workshop, Breathing Fire will be using this exciting and creative tool to explore what being a “difficult” woman means to you and other female participants in the workshop. We will use storytelling, your individual expression, poetry and collective stories to help you reflect and focus on your perspectives and ideas.

By the end of the workshop, you will come away feeling uplifted and proudly embracing the “difficult” woman in you.

Instructor info:

Breathing Fire Playback Theatre Company is a group of women of Afrikan / Caribbean descent committed to the empowerment of those who have historically been denied a voice. We are based in Bristol and are the UK’s only black women’s playback theatre company. We acknowledge that by sharing our individual and collective stories, we tap into the griot (Afrikan storytelling) which is grounded in our ancestral heritage.

We have delivered performances and workshops for all types of events, settings, communities and groups, including: Health and social care organisations, schools, colleges, universities; prisons; festivals; conferences; AGMs and team building days.

Learn more about them by heading to Breathing Fire’s website.

“I was able to move my body and express how I felt about my body in a safe and comfortable space. I came away realising how wonderful our bodies are.” (International Women’s Day, 2020)

“The drama activity was useful because it taught us how to speak out and share our opinions.” (Schools workshop)

“Learning different views and perspectives helped us; I found that getting into a deeper look into someone else’s shoes was valuable” (Schools workshop).

Class details: 

Places are capped at 12. This event is for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space which centres the experience of women.

This event is part of The Bristol Improv Theatre’s International Women’s Day activities, with support from Women’s Voice.

See all of our 2021 International Women’s Day Events

IWD SEASON PASS- you can book all three ‘Being A Difficult Woman’ workshops in our International Women’s Day programme for £45! This includes:

  • Being a Difficult Woman: Be Unapologetic
  • Being a Difficult Woman: Exploring Anger Through Voice with Aisha Ali
  • Being a Difficult Woman: Defining Your Difficult & Challenging Labels

To book all three workshops, select the ‘IWD Season Pass’ option in the booking selection above.(Please note that when booking a season pass, your confirmation email will only contain one zoom link- the additional links will be sent to you closer to the time of the event)

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Your Zoom link can be found in your confirmation email.